Zebra Technologies Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated July 3, 2014
Updated July 3, 2014
74 Reviews
3.6
74 Reviews
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Zebra Technologies CEO and Director Anders Gustafsson
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Pros
  • Work Life balance was good while I was there, some WFH days were allowed (in 6 reviews)

  • Great benefits until you sell too much and they have to pay you too much (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management plays favorites and if you are not in the inner circle you will never go anywhere (in 4 reviews)

  • Executive management doesn't have a clue what goes on internally or in the marketplace (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great experience. Even though I am working in the R&D dept., there is a tangible pressure and excellent support from the

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineering Intern in Vernon Hills, IL
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineering Intern in Vernon Hills, IL

    I have been working at Zebra Technologies as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good learning curve. You can see the best technology in label printing market here and get used to working towards developing new models all the time. There is a clear team structure and almost everybody is encouraging when you start.

    Cons

    Location. Located in a secluded suburb of Vernon Hills where there is nothing much to do. So if you want to have a city atmosphere, you better be ready to commute for more than an hour.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great co-workers, terrible upper management. The CEO is often ignored by upper management.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vernon Hills, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vernon Hills, IL

    I worked at Zebra Technologies full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Zebra wants to be a good company. Some departments have amazing opportunities. The engineering-related areas are definitely worth consideration for their innovations and creativity. They have an enthusiastic and friendly work force that really wants to do their best every day.

    Cons

    At the same time, changes in the company leave the sense that they are spinning the Wheel of Fortune to select the day's management philosophy. This is especially evident in sales and customer support, where the revolving door continues to spin. Staffing is pared down to the point that employees are under high pressure with no release in sight.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be clear and consistent. During the CEO's campaign for employee input on products, I made a suggestion (later implemented) the morning of the first day. By noon, the director was calling my manager out because I dared to make a suggestion.
    Respect your employees. It just might be good business

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good Experience Lots of Opportunities

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    Current Employee - Marketing in Lincolnshire, IL
    Current Employee - Marketing in Lincolnshire, IL

    I have been working at Zebra Technologies full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The opportunities to pursue growth for the company
    I was in marketing and there always seemed to be some project to do or contribute too
    Work Life balance was good while I was there, some WFH days were allowed
    Leadership seemed consistent and there was a low rate of turnover
    Benefits are great

    Cons

    Some of the projects I worked on the work-life balance was terrible, and at the time from my particular subgroup of marketing, it was expected that you would work constantly, even weekends.
    The growth didn't match my needs for growth

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lincolnshire, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lincolnshire, IL

    I worked at Zebra Technologies full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great CEO! Solid products and an exciting place to be.

    Cons

    If you don't like to multi-task, you need not apply. There is a lot going on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have you seen the stock price soar over the past few years?? I don't think senior management needs any advice from me. They seem to be doing just fine all on their own :)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great first internship experience

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    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Vernon Hills, IL
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Vernon Hills, IL

    I worked at Zebra Technologies as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Everyone at the company was super friendly. They had the interns working on practical things and if help was needed everyone was very willing to assist. Intern events periodically and they provided a place to stay over the summer.

    Cons

    Nothing I can think of really.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    I enjoy the challenges working at Zebra

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    Current Employee - Senior Sales Specialist in Vernon Hills, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Specialist in Vernon Hills, IL

    I have been working at Zebra Technologies full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Working at Zebra is challenging, this is a good thing. You are always being challenged to use your skills and creativity to service customers. This really helps you move your career and keeps the job fun. The people at Zebra are great! Really everyone is easy to work with.

    Cons

    Consistency and communication. We went threw some growing pains, now we need to get the information to the right people at the right time. Hmmm that sounds familiar.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate more frequently and with better information sooner.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Strong Company with great integrity, management and co-workers. Experience has been great over the 9 years.

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    Current Employee - Inside Channel Account Manager in Vernon Hills, IL
    Current Employee - Inside Channel Account Manager in Vernon Hills, IL

    I have been working at Zebra Technologies full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Co-workers are great to work with. Management is very positive and has integrity. Good pay and room for growth.

    Cons

    Industry seems to be going through a possible shift given the technology so extended future is a little uncertain.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure the employees are happy and ensure they are trained and aware of the company's future goals.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Well established company with talented, but overworked people.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vernon Hills, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vernon Hills, IL

    I have been working at Zebra Technologies full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The organization is full of talented people who want to do good work. Zebra is financially stable, offers competitive pay and benefits and routinely pays out against the management bonus.

    Cons

    While a mature organization, Zebra still behaves very much like a start up company with an almost exclusive emphasis on "making the quarter". The organization continues to cut jobs under the veil of "right sizing" to preserve historically very healthy margins. Performance objectives are nearly always individual in nature resulting in pockets of improvement, but not systemic improvement. Goal setting and accountability needs to be adjusted to emphasize complete solutions and working together.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start working with investor relations and PR to realistically adjust expectations of shareholders and analysts to more appropriately align with Zebra's level of maturity in North America. You cannot continue to cut jobs to preserve margins which are no longer realistic. People are overworked. While they have previously risen to the challenge, signs of disengagement are beginning to creep in. There is a sense that job cuts are never ending and that senior management expectations of what a very lean staff can achieve are unrealistic. The organization will not survive without the energy and talents of the people that make it up. A longer term view needs to be adopted.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Really

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    Current Employee - Xxx XxXX in Vernon Hills, IL
    Current Employee - Xxx XxXX in Vernon Hills, IL

    I have been working at Zebra Technologies full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    NO Pros xxx xxx xxx xxx

    Cons

    Management works hard at finding your faults to keep performance appraisal low... IE: your 1 min late… I need you logged in at your start time…why were you away from your desk so long … I told you too do it this way, what happen. Why you were in the bath room so long… xxx said you said this, is that true. I could go on and on... Don’t keep a lot of personal items on your desk … If you don’t want suck up to your supervisor / manager, don’t apply

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Customer service / Tech Support is the life blood of Corp development...Have respect for those people!!! … They are your front line and your image.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Zebra Tech. is a progressive company with a positive work environment.

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    Current Employee - Indirect Procurement/Corporate Services in Lincolnshire, IL
    Current Employee - Indirect Procurement/Corporate Services in Lincolnshire, IL

    I have been working at Zebra Technologies full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Zebra Technologies is the leader in it's industry, making it an attractive company to work for. The Zebra work culture is positive, innovative and collaborative, resulting in both company and professional success.

    Cons

    No cons. Working for Zebra has been a positive experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the momentum! We are here to support Zebra's initiatives so that Zebra continues to grow into an even more successful company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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